Research has clearly shown that the ability to offer a part-time role is a critical factor for the retention of talented executives progressing into senior roles. However, today’s global corporations operating at a fast pace across boundaries can often find it impossible to agree part-time working options that are workable and commercially viable for the business. Job sharing has proven to be a working option that enables the desired challenging, senior part-time roles while providing the round-the-clock cover and business continuity that is so vital in today’s global marketplace.
In 2010, Capability Jane partnered with seven global organisations to launch a pioneering research programme to investigate the use of job sharing in senior roles and identify best practice. Alongside Deloitte, RBS, KPMG, Centrica, DHL, Freshfields and Herbert Smith, plus three academic institutions: Cranfield School of Management, Lancaster University Management School and Leeds University Business School, our research evaluated the true role of job sharing in today's marketplace. The research focused on understanding how job sharing really works and on obtaining a sufficient understanding of success to develop practical content-rich, toolkits for prospective job sharers and employers wishing to increase the take-up of job sharing at senior levels. You can view the research and report at www.thejobshareproject.com.